David Attenborough: Plague On The Earth or Robot?

SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGHListen, I LOVE nature shows on TV.

And if you’re talking TV nature show hosts, two guys that I grew up watching were Marlin Perkins on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and Sir David Attenborough, host of many, many BBC nature series.

Well, today I’ve had the unpleasant experience of coming across a rather bleak statement from Sir David, a man who knows a little bit about these things.

Via RadioTimes:

“We are a plague on the Earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so,” warns David Attenborough in an interview in the new issue of Radio Times magazine.

“It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde.”

So, if we, meaning humans, are a plague on the Earth, that means that David Attenborough is either a plague on the Earth as well, or he’s a very sophisticated robot or an extraterrestrial.

Regardless, I REALLY don’t think we need his pessimistic alarmism right now.

Personally, I wish Attenborough would stick to his voice-over narration of shows that help us appreciate the beauty and wonder of the planet we live on, shows that inspire people to do more to protect it.

And that voice! It really is iconic, so lovely and so British!

I’ll never forget that time I was watching episode 7 of the Planet Earth series, titled Great Plains, I was watching with my son who was then 10-years old, and as the show transitioned from the bison of the North American prairie to the foothills of the Himalayas, Sir David introduced this fella, without a trace of irony, as a:

“Wild Tibetan Ass”

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…and it was amazing, because he made it sound like something he was presenting to the Royal Geographical Society rather than the surreal title of a disturbing porn video.

7 thoughts on “David Attenborough: Plague On The Earth or Robot?

    1. Fish & Bicycles Post author

      Helen, I’d hoped it would be clear that I was mostly going for laughs with this post, and I have no doubt that Sir David does fantastic, vital work outside his duties as a TV narrator.

      Maybe it was my line about wishing he’d stick to TV that muddied the waters. Truth is, I don’t really don’t feel that way and I always appreciate when celebrities leverage their notoriety to get the word out on important issues.

      As for alarmism, here I do have to disagree with you. I don’t find it useful at all to refer to the human race as a plague. It’s the worst kind of dehumanization and spreading fear, I believe, is the worst kind of motivator.

      I really do believe that it’s possible to raise awareness without going negative.

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      1. Helen Cherry

        Sorry.. I know I can be TERRIBLY serious at times and need to lighten up a bit !
        It’s hard to know what approach is best as people can be so very complacent and prefer to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the issues.Maybe because he’s been hammering on about this for years he is tired of taking the softly softly approach?

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        1. Fish & Bicycles Post author

          Yeah, I see what you mean. It can be incredibly discouraging, and maddening even, when so many people who could be doing something, could be part of the solution, aren’t.

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  1. Jon Lloyd

    Actually I watch and listen to the nature documentaries that he narrates and often wonder how long his dulcet tones will continue. I know the BBC are desperately trying to find a suitable replacement and there are several narrators waiting in the wings – one or two with a Scottish brogue like Ewan McGregor. Whilst I would probably kneel before Sir David Attenborough and kiss his well travelled shoes, it does irk me how those with influence weigh in to issues and manage to piss people off. I might forgive him this once though.

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